09:00-9:05 Brief introduction to the Action and meeting, Action Chair Andrew M. Janczak
09:05-9:10 Introduction from the organiser, Sezen Ozkan
09:15-9:45 Challenges and possible solutions related to damaging behaviour in laying hens, Mia Fernyhough, RSPCA
09:50-10:20 Research on risk factors and prevention of damaging behaviour in laying hens, Elske de Haas, WUR
10:50-11:20 Tail biting and actions to prevent tail biting in the EU, Copa Cogeca, Miguel
Angel Higuera, Director ANPROGAPOR, Madrid
11:25-11:55 European Commission project to reduce systematic tail-docking of piglets in
Member States, Desmond Maguire, European Commission, DG Health and Food Safety
How to join the webstream:
Primary link: Ege university digital media server: http://stream.ege.edu.tr/canli2.html. This link can only be viewed with PC/notebook with enable flash player-supported internet browser (does not support mobile phone or tablet view).
August 7, 2017 a very nice one-day meeting was held in Aarhus (DK) to discuss feather pecking in laying hens and tail biting in pigs. The meeting was a joint initiative of FareWellDock and GroupHouseNet. A Skype4business connection made it possible for about 10 external participants to join the meeting in addition to the 60 delegates present in person.
Opening of the meeting, introduction and networking session,
Anna Valros, Sandra Edwards
9:50-11:00 Theme 1: Mechanisms underlying the link between health and damaging behaviour
Invited speakers: Janicke Nordgreen (pigs), Jerine van der Eijk (poultry)
Mini research seminar
≥ Lisette van der Zande: The estimation of genetic effects of tail damage on weaned pigs and its influence on production traits
≥ Anja Brinch Riber: Link between feather pecking and keel bone damage
≥Mirjam Holinger: Does chronic intermittent stress increase tail and ear manipulation in pigs?
≥Laura Boyle: The effect of removing antibiotics from the diets of weaner pigs on performance of ear and tail biting behaviours and associated lesions
11:00-11:20 Coffee/tea break
11:20-12:20 Theme 1 continues: Group and plenary discussion, Anna Valros
12:20-13:20 Lunch break
13:20-14:30 Theme 2: Predisposing factors for damaging behaviour during early development
Invited speakers: Jo Edgar (poultry) and Armelle Prunier (pigs)
Mini research seminar
≥Ute Knierim: A tool to work on risk factors during rearing for feather pecking in laying hens
≥Elske de Haas, Margrethe Brantsæter & Fernanda Machado Tahamtani: Disrupting availability of floor substrate in the first weeks of life influences feather pecking during rearing and lay – a Dutch and Norwegian approach
≥Anouschka Middelkoop: Effect of early feeding on the behavioural development of piglets around weaning
≥Irene Camerlink: The crooked mind of the commercial pig: can we rectify abnormal biting behaviour by early and later life conditions?
14:30-14:50 Coffee/tea break
14:50-15:50 Theme 2 continues: Group and plenary discussion, Sandra Edwards
15:50 Closing of workshop
Some tweets from the workshop:
Acute lethal aggression is increasingly seen in commercial pig farming, as is excessive neonatal aggression (Irene Camerlink)
About 50 studies link (in-)adequate foraging to injurious feather pecking in poultry (Jo Edgar).
Maternal care strongly influences chick behavioural development (Jo Edgar)
Study: Lots of ear biting on Irish pig farms, up to 50% of pigs; Follow up: Antibiotic use may play a role (both causing & treating) (Laura Boyle).
Feather pecking appears to be linked to keel bone damage (Anja Brinch Riber).
Feather pecking is associated with elevated specific immune response (Jerine van der Eijk).
Hennovation is a project supporting practice led innovation in the laying hen sector. Groups of farmers, the so called networks, addressed various problems related to feather pecking in laying hens and end-of-lay hens. In total 19 networks were active. Four networks focused on Poultry Red Mites.
The live webinar on ‘Possibilities to control Poultry Red Mites’ took place on Thursday 29 June 2017.
-Back ground information on the poultry red mite
Findings of four farmers networks. These four farmers networks all worked on the control of this poultry pest and will share their results.
From beak to tail – mechanisms underlying damaging behaviour in laying hens and pigs
First Announcement ISAE 2017 Satellite Meeting Monday 7th August 2017, University of Aarhus, Denmark
A one-day meeting, organized jointly by the FareWellDock – Network and the GroupHouseNet COST-action aims to bring together researchers working within the field of damaging behaviour in both pigs and poultry. By joining efforts on an interspecies level, we have the opportunity to greatly enhance the understanding of the mechanisms underlying tail biting and feather pecking. Both behaviours are challenging, from an animal welfare and from an economic point-of-view, while in several countries, as well as at the EU level, the ethical justification of tail docking and beak trimming is currently being debated.
This full-day meeting will be held at the ISAE 2017 congress venue on August 7th, 2017, starting at 9am.
The meeting will focus on the following main themes:
– Mechanisms underlying the link between health and damaging behaviour
– Predisposing factors for damaging behaviour during early development
Both themes will be introduced by invited experts, followed by short research presentations by participants, and then elaborated on in inter-species discussion groups.
In addition, the program will include a networking session, with the aim to facilitate knowledge exchange and future cooperation between researchers working on damaging behaviour in pigs and poultry.
The registration for the meeting will open by the end of February 2017, and will be open until May 15th, 2017. The meeting participation is limited to 80 persons, so make sure to register in time!
For further information, please contact anna . valros [AT] helsinki . fi.
WSPA UK’s 32nd Poultry Science Symposium will take place on July 3 to 5, 2017 in Cambridge, UK. The theme is “Poultry feathers and skin – the past, present and future of poultry integument”.
The scientific committee has put together a program that will capture the aspects of biology, genetics, welfare, nutrition and other management aspects related to poultry feathers and skin looking both to the past and the future.